2014 Summer Workshops

Echoing Borders: The Shelter, the Camp, the City, and the State in Amman, Jordan and Istanbul, Turkey

Amman: Aug 7-17, 2014 Istanbul: Aug 17-27, 2014

Led by Nina Valerie Kolowratnik (Columbia University GSAPP), Nora Akawi (Studio-X Amman), Merve Bedir (TU Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture / L+CC), Selva Gürdoğan (Studio-X Istanbul / Superpool); with Emre Altürk (Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul) and George Katodrytis (American University of Sharjah Faculty of Architecture).

The workshop addresses the necessity for understanding and analyzing the evolution of 'temporary settlements' in relation to the place of the refugee in contemporary migration politics in the region.

Future of the Museum in China

August 4 – 29, 2014

Led by Jeffrey Johnson with Rand Abdul Jabbar / Zoe Florence (China Megacities Lab, Columbia University GSAPP), in collaboration with Studio Pei-Zhu.

Concurrent with China's rapid urbanization is a museum building boom which is producing an average of approximately 100 new museums a year across the country, with even greater numbers most recently. These often iconic structures act as landmarks for newly planned government and civic centers, CBD's, cultural districts, and even in some cases, residential and commercial developments, symbolizing the value of culture in the identity of a new China. With this proliferation of new museums, are there trends that can be identified that might mark a paradigm shift in how the museum project is defined? Are there new roles – socially, culturally, politically – that the museum is playing? And what new architectural forms and spatial organizations are being invented to accommodate these new ambitions? What are the consequences on design, and on the role of design? The aim of the summer workshop is to begin to address these questions and to develop the necessary critical lens to redefine the museum of the future, in China, and around the world.

Mobility and Transport in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

June 16 – July 12, 2014

Led by Global Africa Lab co-Directors Prof. Mario Gooden, AIA and Dr. Mabel Wilson; Carson Smuts, Researcher; Mpho Matsipa, Research Coordinator and Studio-X Johannesburg Director; Mokena Makeka, Research Coordinator.

The 2014 Summer Workshop explores a comparative study of the possibilities and constraints to mobility in post-apartheid Johannesburg and Cape Town. Using mobile phone data, social media, advanced computational methods, and parametric modeling, the workshop researches and maps the relationships between transportation infrastructures and economic mobility in both cities at the macro and micro scales. Mobility is understood here broadly as the ways in which urban actors are able to mobilize resources in order to gain access to economic and social opportunities in the city as they try to improve their life chances. Infrastructures are understood as the means through which such actors are able to secure a foothold in the urban economy, physically, socially and spatially.

Production and Consumption of Art in Tokyo, Naoshima, Tejima, and Kyoto, Japan

May 25 – June 8, 2014

Led by Lynne Breslin (Columbia University GSAPP) and Kunio Kudo (Columbia University GSAPP)

This workshop answers the following questions: In Tokyo, where is art made, sold, exhibited and criticized/ discussed/debated/imagined? Where do artist work and live? Are there specific areas where art production and consumption have merged to create unique urban zones? How has the traditional production and selling of art been transformed? What is the architecture of galleries, studios, museums and art schools? How has the impact of virtual viewing and digital production been registered spatially? How have museums and galleries been used to anchor major mixed used developments (Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Hills, Minato Mirai, Daikanyama)? Does that relate to the commercial derivations of museums (department stores). What are the new art experiences in Japan. How does the Japanese experience relate to the NY/Brooklyn/LA/Beijing/Paris art districts which depended on homesteading and reprogramming of marginal/depressed/abandoned areas of the city?

Rio das Pedras in Brazil

August 3 – 15, 2014

Led by Pedro Rivera and Raul Correa-Smith (Studio-X Rio) and Keith Kaseman (Studio Sangue Bom, Columbia University GSAPP)

The Rio das Pedras Initiative is a flagship project led by Studio-X Rio and GSAPP to think possible futures for the favela, one of the most dynamic and intriguing in Rio. During the spring semester of 2014, three GSAPP studios from Architecture (Kaseman, Sample), Real Estate (Chakrabarti) and Planning (Mazarro and Restrepo), with the collaboration from Columbia Public Health and Engineering Schools experts, developed proposals for the favela. During the period, a series of lectures on relevant topics at Studio-X Rio were included on the studios program.

The workshop moved one step further by both investigating the existing proposals and developing new ones, with the collaboration of local experts and institutions. The workshop outputs are geared to provide both a clear view and a new and robust platform for future rounds of Studio-X and GSAPP explorations/studios focused on the place and similar issues.

International Workshop in Lugano, Switzerland

July 27 – August 3, 2014

Led by Frederic Levrat (Columbia University GSAPP) and Oliviero GodI (Milan Politecnic)

Investigating the relationship between New Technologies and Public Spaces is not a simple task. Nevertheless, the event of Tahir Square or the Arab Spring revolution has shown how much the environment changes with new modes of communication. Bringing together 24 students from three different graduates universities for a week of brain storming and intense production Frederic Levrat + Oliviero Godi have organized three years of fascinating workshops. The setting in the Southern slope of the Swiss Alps, by the tip of the lake of Lugano, allowed students from New York, Shanghai and Milan to work together about contemporary ideas for the future of public spaces. The spirit of the workshop extended from the production of architecture concept to literally living together, cooking, eating and discussing all night about the future of the build environment, within its relative Virtual, Visual and Physical dimensions.